October 10th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Singer Sarah Brightman preps for space

In an exclusive interview on CNN’s “Starting Point,” bestselling soprano and humanitarian Sarah Brightman discusses her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venture into space.

The world famous soprano, who has thrilled audiences on stage in “Phantom of The Opera," is teaming with Space Adventures and the Russian Federal Space Agency (FSA) in Moscow to prepare for a 10-day trip on board the SOYUZ Rocket to the International Space Station.

In order to participate, Brightman was required to travel to Star City in Moscow to undergo intense tests.

“I had to go into a centrifuge...just to sort of keep your self conscious, I had to do math while I was up there. It was an amazing feeling but quite frightening,” Brightman says.

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  1. Armen Nalbandian-CANADA

    Bravo Sara I love you.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • KPO

      Brava

      October 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  2. Lori

    She is looking rough...

    October 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  3. Mary Kay

    This has been on this page for WEEKS!!!! Change it, already, CNN!

    October 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  4. MrFrosty

    What an incredible waste of money.
    Yes I know , and agree, its her money and she can do as she please with it.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:53 am |
  5. Pete McGoldrick

    I am amused to find, in 2012, that there are still losers, wasting their time on earth, visiting the websites of entertainers, and expecting real people to take them seriously.

    Children, get yourselves meaningful work and perhaps a life.

    CNN, thanks for the opportunity to stir the pot. Pete.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Shawn

      Translates to, "Im not the 'Tremendous Fan' I thought I was"

      Take care, on earth and wherever else you roam too...

      October 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Machine

      Well,you're here Sir.That Sir make you a hyporcrite.You must be conditioned on Faux News?

      October 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  6. Pete McGoldrick

    I am a tremendous fan of Sarah Brightman. But, really, couldn't she apply herself to updating her song portfolio? How about some new music?

    Sarah, I really love you, but you need to apply yourself. Pete.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Sam

      Haha do you really consider yourself a "tremendous fan"? If you were, you would have already known about her new song (which is also a free download on her website!) and the fact that she has a new album coming out in a few months.

      Apply yourself Pete! :)

      October 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Shawn

      If you are such a "big fan" you might wanna go sign up at her website like the rest of us "big fans" so you can keep up .... just a suggestion. But you'll never get "Im your biggest fan" status for berating her on a post she will never read when you dont even know what the heck is going on.... SMH

      October 18, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  7. Quadg

    In Space, no one can hear you Sing.....

    i can think of more "artists" who should be fired into space on giant fireworks...

    October 17, 2012 at 7:00 am |
  8. Krissy

    Had NO idea she was british. And I'm an opera singer. Holy God do I live under a rock.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  9. Guest

    Outside Earth's atmosphere astronauts get bombarded with cosmic radiation & solar flares. 10 days exposure to that, no thanks.

    October 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • hitech111

      You know Guest, these people have no business going into space. Remember the Challenger. Teacher in Space. First joke to come of that was what was the Teacher in space last words? "What's this button for?"

      October 15, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  10. rzaldyserna

    does one need to be an artist to be in space? i am an artist and i am in space, i mean in limbo heheh

    October 12, 2012 at 4:44 am |
    • sir

      ground contro2 to major tom. take your protein pill and put your helmet onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

      October 15, 2012 at 7:22 am |
  11. kop1892

    At last, the times which general public can go to space have come!! If we have money, we can go anywhere. But human trip to space may cause space pollution. So we have to pay attention not to make same attention that we did in the earth.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:52 am |
    • Louis

      Actually, space is already polluted with dangerous debris and toxic materials from 40 years of space missions and satellites, and this is not the first time a civilian has been into space. She's the 3rd one I think to the ISS. =)

      October 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  12. Portland tony

    If you've got the money, you have a ticket to just about anywhere!

    October 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  13. Joe O

    Commerical space contracts for Russians keeps those scientists & engineers gainfully employed, where they could drift off and do other things directly counter to the interests of the United States. And people get to go to near space in trade...it's a win-win.

    October 11, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  14. But Why

    No kidding, with all the money she paid...could have helped thousands of needy people. I realise it is a free world, she can do whatever...but seriously, seems selfish. If you want a week out of orbit, go visit Keith Richards.

    October 11, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • kop1892

      I agree your opinion. I think that before use 200 millions yen to realization her dream, she should use money to save poor people in the world.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:17 am |
      • Mark

        If you have no aspirations, no desire to achieve that's ok. If you do and you suddenly found yourself successful please remember this comment and give your money away. However since people who support socialism, communists step child, would rather not be successful they would rather live off of others where a true compassionate capitalist would rather all have the opportunity to achieve.

        October 13, 2012 at 2:44 am |
    • Julian Villacres

      If you watch the video, it says that she didn't pay relatively much towards the trip. The money being payed is mostly from sponsors. So don't blame her for being rich and spending it on herself.

      October 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Lokari

      That kind of comment gets made a lot, and it is always wrong. Do you have a nice TV, or an automatic dishwasher? Do you own the computer you're posting from? How about a cell phone? These are all luxuries – you don't need any of them. By your argument, you're as guilty as this singer, since surely the money you spent on these luxuries could have gone to a more worthy cause and helped many unfortunate people.
      When you live with only the necessities and give 100% of your excess to help the poor, then you've earned the right to complain about how other people spend their money.

      October 16, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  15. Tutuvabene

    Apparently she made the cash to afford this but if promoters are charging $100 or more for nosebleed seats to her concerts, I decline.

    October 11, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • kop1892

      I hope you can buy nosebleed seats ticket!!

      October 12, 2012 at 3:30 am |
  16. Robert

    Another lost soul giving 50 million dollars to the Russians. Sarah you should be ashamed of yourself. I will never again in my life, purchase any music in which you perticipated in any way or form, nor attend another concert of yours.

    October 11, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • Portland tony

      Right now...There's only one train leaving the station. Who cares where the train was made?

      October 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • onetime

      I don't think she'll notice if you don't buy anything.

      October 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Sam

      Good argument. Now go fill up your tank with gas from those Arabs the U.S. hates so much :)

      October 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Shawn

      Im sure she would have much preferred to ride on the cadillac of space flight... The NASA Space Shuttle... Ohh whats that you say???? its sitting in a museum.... ok well guess its the Kia or the Hundai then.... *roll eyes*

      October 18, 2012 at 7:30 am |
  17. Marney_5

    That is possibly the most random headline I have ever seen!

    October 11, 2012 at 5:45 am |

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